Winter Bucket List 2013

Hello beautiful bloggers! It’s yours truly, ARHY!

Today’s post is going to be short and simple. Winter will be ending before we know it. Most people get down in the dumps during these cold months. There’s a greater chance that you’ll get depressed so keep busy! Don’t do the basics and stick to the mall or movies. Be creative! That’s why I’ve created the Winter Bucket List 2013! I hope this inspires you to try some of these out!

► Go skiing/snowboarding at night

► Have a giant snowball fight

► Catch snowflakes on your tongue

► Make paper snowflakes and decorate your house with them

► Have a grilled cheese sandwich with tomato soup

►  Snowshoe

► Go in a hot tub that’s outside

► Spend a day by the fire

► Cuddle with someone all day

► Take a steamy bubble bath

► Finish a book in an afternoon

► Complete a jigsaw puzzle

► Go “ice-skating” in fuzzy socks on a slippery floor

► Donate old coats and boots

► Have a giant slumber party

► Go to a local hockey game

► Volunteer at a soup kitchen

► Throw a Super Bowl party

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Enjoy the rest of Winter!

Alicia Rivera Blog: http://aliciariveraheartsyou.wordpress.com/

Real Life Blog: http://thediaryofb.wordpress.com/

ARHY

Relax and Have an At-Home Spa Day

Hola Lovely Alphas!

XOXOAHY here! (:

So it’s the end of December, between Christmas and New Year’s.  Some of us are on winter break from school, which means we now have a lot of time to hang out and relax.  But sometimes it’s hard to relax while at home and not out at a spa.  So here are a few things that you could do to help  create your own mini at-home spa day.

None of these are in a specific order and there’s always more than just these few things…Remember, these are just a few suggestions.

The most obvious thing to do is give yourself a manicure and pedicure.  It’s an easy way to relax and be creative with your nail design.  Just don’t forget to soak your cuticles or put lotion on them before pushing them back.  It could damage them if you don’t.

Deep conditioning you hair is also a great thing to do for your spa day, and it could really help your hair.  Just apply a deep conditioner to your dry hair, coating it thoroughly.  If your hair is in desperate need of conditioning, it will soak up the conditioner quickly, and you should re-apply the deep conditioner. Repeat this process until your hair is soaked with conditioner. In most cases, three applications will do the trick. Now place a shower cap over your hair, leaving the conditioner in from a half hour to 2 hours (depending on how much your hair needs conditioned).  Then just take the cap off, rinse the conditioner out with cold water, and your hair should be more healthy and conditioned.

One of the things I find most relaxing is taking a hot bath or jacuzzi.  To make it more day spa-esque, you could add some soothing, essential oils to the water. You could maybe even get some pretty flowers(such as the ones in the picture above) and let them float on top of the water.  Lighting either my favourite scented candles or aromatherapy candles and placing them around my jacuzzi bath also helps me to relax…but that’s just me.

Steam facials are wonderful.  They really open up your pores and help clear them out.  All you have to do is boil some water and pour in into a large bowl or your bathroom sink. Then drape a towel over your head and sit with your head over the steaming water. You don’t have to put your face completely over the water, just enough (as in the picture above) so that the steam can reach your face.  Do this for about five to ten minutes.

Lastly, don’t forget to moisturize your skin.  It’s so important to do so in order to keep your skin healthy.

Enjoy your relaxation time!

P.S: Don’t forget to sign up for our winter polyvore contest!  Only 6 more days until it ends!

Heart you!, XOXOAHY

Thanksgiving Polyvore Contest Winner!

Bonjour Alphas!

MBL here and I just wanted to announce the November Polyvore Contest winner!

Congratulations to……

Natalie from http://adayinthelifeofnatalie.wordpress.com!!!

We just loved the orange and reds in this set and thought it was oh-so perfect for fall :)

The next Polyvore contest theme is…. Winter! Your set must include something winter-y like a cute coat, a hat, a pair of mittens, or a scarf! Just try and make it as winter-y as possible!

Either comment your set on this post or on our Mirror Mirror on the Wall page!

Good luck!

Keep on Alpha-ing♥
-MBL

Bells & Bows

Bonjour Alphas!

MBL here♥

Now that Thanksgiving is uh-ficially over, you have to start thinking about Christmas! Presents, brightly-lit houses, Christmas trees, jingle bells, and snowflakes all accompany this amazing holiday but there is always a tad bit of stress revolving this jolly time of year. Besides finding the most perfect presents for your favorite family members and friends, you have to look totes adorable while handing them out.

This post will be a compilation of great Christmas party outfits so you don’t have to worry about last minute rushing!

Bows and sequins are the mantra of Christmas. You will always look festive when incorporating these styles into your outfits.

Pair a cute top with a statement necklace, this simple combination is stunning!

Pair a silky top with a sequined or metallic-esque skirt for a glam look!

Go the Comfy-Casual route by throwing an oversized sweater over a pair of skinnies. Adding some cute details like ankle boots and bows in your hair can help dress up the look!

Collars are a must this Fall so incorporating them into your Christmas wardrobe is oh-so-adorable.

If you are totally blanking on an outfit, pair a sheer blouse with some skinnies and a couple strands of pearls. Nothing says classy like this chic look!

Don’t forget the sparkle! The holidays are all about glam and things that shine, and since sequins are absolutely everywhere it’s a perfect time to invest in a gorgeous dress (:

Try and remember that this time of year is all about enjoying the holidays with your loved ones, not stressing about it! Next time you’re feeling overwhelmed or can hardly walk after a long shop-a-thon, take a couple deep breaths and a sip of your favorite Starbucks latte. You’ll be feeling better in no time!

Enjoy your holiday shopping girlies!

Keep on Alpha-ing♥
-MBL

The Alpha’s Guide to Black Friday

Hola mis amigas!

XOXOAHY or XOXOAliciaHeartsYou here!

So Thanksgiving is coming up for those of us in the States.  Which means Black Friday is also coming up.  All of those sales are great, because that just means you can buy more gifts for friends and family for the holidays that December brings.

I always use Black Friday as the first day of the gift giving season.  It’s the first day that I start buying gifts for people.  But sometimes thinking of gift ideas isn’t too easy.  So I’m here to help give all of you a few gift ideas for different people.

First up: Parents.

Generally, parents are the easiest to figure out gifts for.  Or at least my parents are the easiest for me to buy something for.  A lot of parents just love to get homemade things as presents…cards, coupons for help around the house, poem books, etc.  Others would rather have something from a store.  Some ideas for moms are: cute necklaces or bracelets, watches, flowers, or something that has a meaning behind it.  Ideas for dads include: CD’s that he wanted, DVD’s, a trip to the golf course(if he likes golf), or other things similar to these.

Next up: Best Friends.

If you know your best friends well, then you usually know what to get them.  But if you’re stuck, here’s a few ideas:

                • Makeup
                • Favourite books (clique books! LOL)
                • Nail polish
                • Starbucks giftcards (I have about 10 from so many friends)
                • Jewelry

Or if you and your bestie share a few inside jokes, use those as the inspiration for their gift.  Like, for example, my friend Kaylyn is secretly obsessed with Snoopy and Charlie Brown characters.  So for her Christmas present last year, I got her a set of 4 Snoopy and Charlie Brown drinking mugs.  She laughed so hard when she saw them because I was the only one who knew she was obsessed with those characters.

Last but not least: Boys.

In my past experiences, guys are the hardest people for me to come up with gift ideas for.  But I’ve figured out that it honestly just depends on the guy.  If he likes movies, put together a gift set that has one or two movies, a small box of popcorn, and a box of candy.  I’m sure he’ll love it.  If he likes a specific sport or sports team, you could maybe get him something that has to do with that sport or team, like tickets to a game.  CD’s, concert tickets, and gift cards always work, too.  If he’s a special guy, like a boyfriend or even just an incredibly close friend, you could find a small picture of the two of you and put it in a small picture frame for him.

I really hope I helped you get an idea or two if you were stuck on what to get people.  If you need any more ideas, don’t be afraid to email me or comment on this post.

Heart you!, XOXOAHY

October Polyvore Contest Winner!

Bonjour Lovelies!

Congratulations to the October Polyvore contest winner!

Our favorite Fall-themed Polyvore set was:

 

Fall, Autumn, What else?

Fall, Autumn, What else? by misskristenbellaannegregory 

Congratulations  to http://misskrissexysportsbabe.wordpress.com!

Want to be a Polyvore contest winner? Enter our next contest!

November’s Polyvore theme must include the color red in honor of Thanksgiving! Just comment your sets on this post or on our Mirror Mirror On The Wall page!

Good luck girlies!

Keep on Alpha-ing♥
-MBL

Fall in Love with a Fall Party :)

Bonjour Lovelies!

Massie Block Love here :)

Aren’t you just dying to throw the perfect party? Now that it’s fall, you can throw the cutest outdoor, orange & red, pumpkin loving, leaf crunching, bonfire smelling, marshmallow roasting bash.

If you’re like me and absolutely loveee bonfires, than you’re in luck! This post will be all about throwing the cutest bonfire anyone has ever attended :)

To start off, make a beautiful roaring fire with extra wood set aside to keep it going long into the night.

Have the cutest and most fall themed outfit.

If you party happens to be on or around Halloween, make sure there are adorable pumpkins adorning your yard to give it a festive look :)

Serve delicious hot chocolate and for a bonus, have flavor shots sitting around so people can add caramel, peppermint, or vanilla to theirs!

Your guests will eventually get cold and want to mingle between outside and inside so have delicious smelling candles set up around your house to remind them why they’re there!

Have cozy blankets sitting around your bonfire so people can curl up if they get to chilly. Plus, it can be super romantic!

Have smore’s supplies sitting around just waiting to be eaten :)

Now all you have to do is sit back and enjoy! :)

Keep on Alpha-ing♥
-MBL

Fall/Winter Beauty Tips!

Hey girlies!

It’s ARHY or AliciaRiveraHeartsYou here!

This Fall and Winter, we all need to look and feel our best. Here are some beauty tips!

    1. Be a Natural Brow Beauty

Don’t go all tweezer-happy—full brows are more flattering. Tweeze strays where necessary, then fill in your brows with a pencil one shade lighter than your natural brow color. This creates a softer, more natural effect—using the same shade can look harsh.

      

    2. Paint Your Nails Olive

   Military green on your nails? The shade surprisingly flatters all skin tones and pops against the fashion colors that are hot now—like plum and navy.

 3. Free Your Inner Redhead

This one’s for the wannabe Dylan’s! The color red looks good with all skin tones. It warms up the face giving you a nice glow! No wonder celebs like Drew Barrymore and Scarlett Johansson have recently experimented with going red.

4. Soften Your Skin With Oil

Heavy creams aren’t the only way to hydrate when the weather, and your skin, get dry. Facial oils are just as moisturizing, and sink in quicker—meaning you don’t have to wait long to apply makeup. This is crucial for the cold weather.

5. Post Summer Facial

Chlorine water, salt water, sand, and sweat, take their toll on your complexion no matter how diligent you were with cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing. To get your face in top form for the cold weather, I suggest getting a facial to transition your skin into a new season.

I hope you guys enjoy these tips! Have a beautiful and healthy Fall and Winter!

xo, ARHY

Fall Fever

Hola, lovelies!

XOXOAliciaHeartsYou here!  So glad to be writing for DialA once again.  So yesterday was the first day of October, and you all know what that means.  It’s Fall…Autumn…whichever one you call it.  It’s finally here!  Which means it’s time to bring out those sweaters and boots and put away the shorts and bandeaus until next year.  Personally, my favourite fall fashion trends are equestrian inspired boots and leather jackets.  But if you want to read more about the rest of the fall trends, be sure to read the previous post from MassieBlockLove.

Now with a new season comes new decor, of course.  Faux leaves, scarecrow statues, and pumpkins.  Right now, my house is beginning to fill up with halloween decorations as well.  I’m loving all of the jack-o-lanterns, candy corn and ghost inspired decorations.  Every time I see them it makes me feel like Halloween is even closer than it actual is.  Especially when I smell the aroma of pumpkin pie, candy corn, or pumpkin caramel latte each time I walk through my house(thank you Yankee Candles, White Barn Co., and Slatkin & Co.).  I absolutely love it!

Speaking of lattes, has anyone tried Starbucks’ Pumpkin Caramel Latte yet?  What about their Salted Caramel hot chocolate or Salted Caramel Mocha?  I’m obsessed with the Pumpkin Spice Creme Frappuccino…it’s an ah-mazing fall drink for all of you non-coffee drinkers.  Any of these are perfect for those “I just want to curl up in a cozy blanket” kind of days.  It might just be me, but when I’m having those kinds of days, I don’t want to have to get up and drive all the way to a Starbucks just to enjoy one of those undeniably delicious drinks.  So I have a recipe(almost identical to the real one) for their Pumpkin Spice Latte for you lovelies to enjoy:

2 cups milk

2 tablespoons canned pumpkin

1 to 2 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1 to 2 shots espresso, which is about 1/4 cup of espresso or 1/2 cup of strong brewed coffee

Whipped cream(to put on top)

First, whisk together the milk, pumpkin and sugar.  Then cook on medium heat, stirring it until it steams. Remove from heat, then stir in the vanilla and pumpkin pie spice.  Pour that into a blender and blend for about 15 to 20 seconds.  Next you can either pour it into a mug and add the espresso/coffee shot on top under the whipped cream, or blend in the coffee shot and then pour it into a mug and add whipped cream.  I like it both ways, but it’s your choice!  I hope you enjoy it!

Last but not least: fall makeup trends and makeup tips!  I’ve been seeing(and using) so many brown smoky eyes lately.  They are great for any occasion whether it’s going to school, the mall, or just hanging out with friends.  A brown smoky eye is the way to go.  Nature inspired eye makeup is also In for Fall.  Browns, dark greens, and subtle reds and oranges.  Oh and ladies, do nawt forget to use chap stick or lip moisturizer before slicking on your lipgloss or lipstick.  I promise you your luscious lips will appreciate it in the long run when they aren’t dry and cracked from the crisp, Autumn breeze.  But just in case, here’s a really easy and simple lip scrub that will help keep those lips pretty, healthy, and smooth:

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 teaspoon honey

2 teaspoons sugar

Mix the olive oil, honey, and sugar together in a small dish until it becomes a thick paste.  Coat your lips with it and let it sit for a few minutes.  After a few minutes, gently wipe off the scrub and dead skin with a wet towel.  Immediately after all of the scrub is wiped off, apply either vaseline or lip balm to moisturize your lips.  Hope this helps!

Oh! I almost forget! If you have a twitter, be sure to tweet the “#MyOctoberWish” tweet.  I already did mine (on both my real life and RP accounts).  If you want, comment yours below, I’d love to read them.

Keep on Alpha-ing♥
-XOXOAHY

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Now to announce our September Polyvore Contest winner!  And the winner is….Massiekurpcalpha!  Congratulations, chica!

We are having another polyvore contest for October!  The theme is fall fashion, so make an outfit that would be perfect for fall. Good Luck!

Runway to Hallways

Bonjour ma Chéries!

MassieBlockLove here! Today’s post is going to completely dedicated to Fall Fashion! I’m sure you’ve all been keeping up with NY Fashion Week and studying up to make sure you have the cutest wardrobe for Fall and back to school :)

Here are some of Dial A’s favorite Fall trends!

Collars

On the runway they’re outrageous but in the hallways, I would suggest toning it down a bit. Stick with shirts that have a natural collar like button ups and blouses. Sheer is really in right now too so combining the two would be even better. Stick with simple colors and styles but if you want to amp it up, pick out a shirt with a studded, multicolored, or jeweled collar.

Fun Sweaters

Fun sweaters may be the easiest runway trend to pull off! The trick is choosing the right style. You want your sweater to be fun and quirky but not a flashback from your grandma’s closet. When choosing styles, stick with tight or really slouchy sweaters. I would always suggest paring a sweater with skinny jeans and flats or boots. When it comes to the fabric, we can’t get enough of cable knit.

The Color Red

Red always seems to be a Fall favorite so mix it up this year! Instead of buying cute red sweaters, dresses, and skirts, stick with red accessories to brighten up a dull outfit. I would suggest investing in a cute pair of red flats, a red scarf, and red earrings or rings. Adding these glam up a simple outfit is way more hallway friendly than dressing head to toe in the color.

Blazers

EVERYONE needs a cute blazer. Whether it be black or a bright color, it’s a must for every wardrobe. School dress codes can be quite restrictive leaving your favorite tank tops stuck in the closet but adding a blazer over the top is the perfect way to make it school appropriate. While the weather is still warm right now, you can always wear a blazer with shorts for a more flirty look.

Sequins

Sequins have been “in” for what seems like an eternity, and for a good reason! Nothing brightens an outfit better than a little sparkle! Now we all can’t go strutting down the hallway in a sequin dress, so stick to sequin tops! Pairing them with dark wash skinny jeans and flats is the perfect combination. There are a million styles and as long as you don’t go over the top, this look is always school appropriate :)

Top Eight Fall Favorites

Top 8 Fall Favorites

1. Studded Loafers
2. Sheer Tops
3. Dark Wash Skinny Jeans
4. Bib Necklaces
5. Color Blocked Skirts
6. Equestrian Inspirations
7. Bows
8. Oversized Sweaters

Happy Shopping!

The Polyvore Contest winner will be announced in the next post :)

Stay Beautiful,
-M.